Kentucky Reptile Zoo breeds rare island viper

POWELL COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - Over the weekend, 12 St. Lucia Lancehead Vipers were born at the Kentucky Reptile Zoo in Slade.

St. Lucia Lancehead Vipers are native only to the small Caribbean island of St. Lucia. The Kentucky Reptile Zoo is the only facility outside of St. Lucia allowed to house these rare island snakes.

Jim Harrison and Kristen Wiley, the directors of the reptile zoo, traveled to St. Lucia this past winter to provide training to Forestry personnel on how to handle this breed of snake .

According to zoo officials, venom from St. Lucia Lancehead Vipers has the potential for treating heart disease, stroke and other disorders.

The Kentucky Reptile Zoo is located on L&E Railroad Place in the Slade community of Powell County.

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